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Lyr Add: Bring Back Those Wonderful Days

Jim Dixon 25 Dec 15 - 08:11 AM
Jim Dixon 25 Dec 15 - 08:46 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: BRING BACK THOSE WONDERFUL DAYS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Dec 15 - 08:11 AM

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!

These are the lyrics from the sheet music at UCLA:


BRING BACK THOSE WONDERFUL DAYS
Words by Darl Mac Boyle, music by Nat Vincent, © 1919.

1. You've heard of the lamp of Aladdin.
What wonderful things it could do!
If I had it today,
I'd rub it and say:
"Here's all that I want of you:—

CHORUS 1: "Oh, won't you bring back those happy days of childhood?
Won't you bring back the lane down in the wild-wood
That would lead us to the dear old swimming pool,
Ev'rytime that we played hooky on the way to school?
Oh, bring back the simple girls in gingham.
Won't you bring back the good old songs and sing 'em?
What a joy 'twould be
Both for you and me!
Could we bring back those wonderful days?"

2. That wonderful lamp of the fable
Brought jewels and treasures galore.
If Aladdin lived now,
I feel that somehow
These are the things he'd ask for:

CHORUS 2: "Oh, won't you bring back the dinners for a quarter?
Won't you bring back the milk without the water,
And the great big thick and tender juicy steaks,
Long before our limit was a stack of vict'ry cakes?
Oh, bring back the eggs at ten a dozen.
Won't you bring back the bread that wheat once was in?
You can laugh and joke,
But we're all dead broke.
Won't you bring back those wonderful days?

CHORUS 3: "Oh, won't you bring back the pantomimes of Hanlon?
Won't you bring back the lullabies of Scanlon,
And the friends who always take you out and treat,
And the janitors who used to give us lots of heat?
Oh, bring back the days before the "gimmies."
Won't you bring back the dance without the "shimmies?"
Drinking ginger ale
Makes us weak and pale.
Won't you bring back those wonderful days?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bring Back Those Wonderful Days
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Dec 15 - 08:46 AM

This must have been a very popular song, judging from the number of institutions that hold copies of the sheet music:
Johns Hopkins University (Levy Collection)
Mississippi State University
National Library of Australia
UCLA
University of Illinois—Chicago
University of Maine
University of Wisconsin—Madison
(plus several others whose copies are not viewable online).

Contemporaneous recordings were made by
Arthur Collins
Arthur Fields
Bert Williams
Harry Frankel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bring Back Those Wonderful Days
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Dec 15 - 05:28 PM

The following additional chorus was sung by Arthur Collins, Arthur Fields, and Bert Williams:

Oh, won't you take back the installment-plan collectors?
Won't you take back the income-tax inspectors,
And the friends that take you out and let you treat,
And the janitors that never give you any heat?
Oh, take back those tip-expecting waiters.
Won't you take back those red-flag agitators?
Ev'ry night I pray:
'Take those pests away.
And bring back those wonderful days.'

The following additional chorus was sung by Arthur Collins, Arthur Fields, and Bert Williams:

Bring back the brew that used to trickle.
Won't you bring back the big ones for a nickel,
And the nice brass rail all polished up so bright,
And the fam'ly entrance after twelve o'clock at night?
Oh, bring back the ale that was so musty.
Won't you bring back the can that's getting rusty?
Drinking ginger ale
Makes me weak and pale.
Won't you bring back those wonderful days?

The following additional chorus was sung by Arthur Collins:

Bring back the maid demure and simple.
Won't you bring back the beauty mark and dimple,
And the dainty sonnet and the crinoline,
Long before the baby vampire came upon the scene?
Oh, bring back those good old-fashioned dances.
Won't you bring back those coy and bashful glances.
What a joy 'twould be,
Both for you and me.
Could we bring back those wonderful days?


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